Are you wondering, “What makes this woman so special that I should ‘listen’ to her?” My answer to you is nothing. Yes, I am a child, of the risen Lord. Yes, Jesus gave everything to buy my freedom. Yes, I have been given a special name that will be revealed when I enter heaven. But here on earth, I am nobody special. That is exactly what makes life with the Lord Jesus Christ so wonderful – He deliberately works in and through nobodies so that He receives the glory!
For consider your calling, brothers; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God Chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are; so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom of God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, ESV)
Rather than being someone you should listen to because I am wise or what I have to say is profound, this blog is my way of yielding another area of my life to the One who holds back nothing from me (Romans 8:32). Not only since I’ve given my life to Christ, but even during the years when I claimed atheism, God has preserved me. There have been innumerable times when I have sinned to the point that I was sure He would wash His hands of me. There were times when my prayers seemed to bounce off the ceiling and I thought He had abandoned me. Other times, I falsely accused Him of punishing me through the sins that were committed against me by others. Now I am convinced that He is sovereign and intends to use everything in my life for my good (to re-create me into the image of the Son) and His glory. So for however long this door remains open, it is my intent live out 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (ESV)
The Lord continually pours out an abundance of grace , never-ending agape love and mercy that He promises has no limit (Lamentations 3:22). I become easily distracted, discouraged, sidetracked, beguiled, discontented, trapped…caught being human. Yet each time a post has been written, I am forced deeper into the Scriptures, challenged to live life more purposefully and remain watchful for God’s daily graces. This process encourages me and is giving the Holy Spirit another avenue for transformation. My hope through writing openly about my life and journey with Christ is that the lessons He teaches me will provide glimpses of God that you might not have otherwise seen.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21, NKJV)